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In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.

The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.

The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.

Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.

The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.

The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors arquitecturacatalana.cat

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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The intersection between Torrent de l’Olla Street and Travessera de Gràcia is, from a traffic point of view, a first-rate connection between the district of Gràcia and the city. For this reason, the library acquires a representative character that does not correspond to the small dimensions of a plot of land that, on the other hand, is typical of the urban fabric of the area. It is therefore an uncommon use for a site normally intended for housing. The configuration of the building expresses this mismatch between the site and the new program that is inserted into it. The usual column of floors is inflated by gradations, in order to express the activities that take place inside the building. The façade that faces the street does not substantially affect the organisation of the building, but uses its own elements that give thickness to the skin, while an emergency pillar does the work that the wall has stopped doing.

Author: Maurici Pla

Source: Catalunya : guia d'arquitectura moderna, 1880-2007

The plot is located in the Gràcia district of Barcelona at the intersection of Torrent de l'Olla and Travessera de Gràcia streets. This junction is from all points of view, but especially from the traffic one, a first-class connection between Gràcia and the city. The library acquires a disproportionate representative entity in relation to the small size of the site. The solar, on the other hand, has a surface and dimensions common to those that constitute the fabric of Gràcia and a building capacity equally common to that developed in the nearby architecture. So, this plot of domestic and civil vocation breaks its destiny (it's kind of pardoned) and becomes the headquarters of the neighbourhood library and "sample" of Gràcia in relation to Barcelona. Expressing this mismatch between continent and content, this mismatch between mold common to private architecture and public use of the "floor column", has led us to introduce various degrees of pumping of the façade, as a system to express the importance and exceptional use of the interior. Something similar happens when more clothes are put in a suitcase than possible: the geometric mold is deformed and the limit is surpassed.

Author: Josep Llinàs Carmona

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  1. Vila de Gràcia Library

    Josep Llinàs Carmona, Joan Vera i García

    Vila de Gràcia Library

    The intersection between Torrent de l’Olla Street and Travessera de Gràcia is, from a traffic point of view, a first-rate connection between the district of Gràcia and the city. For this reason, the library acquires a representative character that does not correspond to the small dimensions of a plot of land that, on the other hand, is typical of the urban fabric of the area. It is therefore an uncommon use for a site normally intended for housing. The configuration of the building expresses this mismatch between the site and the new program that is inserted into it. The usual column of floors is inflated by gradations, in order to express the activities that take place inside the building. The façade that faces the street does not substantially affect the organisation of the building, but uses its own elements that give thickness to the skin, while an emergency pillar does the work that the wall has stopped doing.
  2. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Vila de Gràcia Library

    Josep Llinàs Carmona, Joan Vera i García

  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Vila de Gràcia Library

    Josep Llinàs Carmona, Joan Vera i García